Saturday, 30 June 2012

Raindrops and potted gardens

We've had a week of cold, wet and bleak days
The rain finally let up yesterday much to my delight
If rain hangs about for any longer than two days
I'm usually pulling my hair out
or feeling quite depressed!

We either had a light shower throughout the night
or the dew was mighty heavy this morning.
Check out the water/dew drops on this dead leaf
As soon as my eagle eye spotted it
I ran for the camera!

The veins on the leaf were pretty darned amazing too!
water drops on dead leaf

I haven't done much sketching of late as
I seem to be lacking motivation or
could it be that I just procrastinate way too much?

So in an attempt to keep myself on track
I've joined the Artist's Play Room group where
each week we are given a subject to work with.
The subject for this past week was
"In the Garden".

I chose to sketch the leaves on my potted Dracaena plant
which lives under the pergola with my other potted plants.
dracaena 30.06.12

Pencil-free sketch using only Faber-Castell Artist's PITT pens 
in my large Moleskine sketch book.
dracaena 30.06.12

I'm hoping to sketch daily in July
so there should be a lot more posts
coming your way.

Have a great weekend!!!


~ Love, light and peace ~

43 comments:

  1. Those leaf photos are great. They spark my creativity just looking at them. A really nice sketch too

    xo

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    1. Thanks, Beau. I love how the leaf photographed too. xo

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  2. the photos are beautiful but your sketch absolutely makes me freak out at just how great your drawing skills are... love your style and your sense of composition... and like you I am so glad that the rain has finally gone...xx

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    1. Thanks, Tracey...coming from an artist as talented as you, I take that as a huge compliment. :)

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  3. What kind of leaf is that thing??? It is exceptional!

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    1. It's actually the underside of a dead avocado leaf from Beau's potted avocado tree. Quite dramatic, isn't it?!

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  4. WoooooW! Those leaves and drops are fantastic, as is your sketch! Beautiful form and value contrast!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by and for your lovely comment! :)

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  5. Yeah!!! It will be nice to see you around the Artist's Play Room! Fantastic drawing as always! Great photo captures too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! I look forward to future challenges at APR. :)

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    1. Thank you, Arnoldo....much appreciated. :)

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  7. Hi Serena, so nice to see you in my Artist's Play Room, there's always room for another Australian!! I seem to be having a love affair with your country and it's people. Your talent is extraordinary! When I hear of artists having the fortitude to draw directly into a moleskine in PEN I'm duly impressed, I can't even screw up my courage to put pencil marks in mine!! Your Dracaena line drawing is spectacular and I'd recognize it's lovely stripy leaves anywhere. So glad you're participating, keep those sketches coming, and please remember, if what you have to show some week doesn't fit the challenge, SHOW IT ANYWAY! lol. See you next week!
    Best,
    Jenn

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    1. Thanks for the warm welcome and for your kind words, Jennifer. I'm looking forward to joining in at APR regularly. :)

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  8. That leaf might be dead but it sure looks beautiful! Rain is only a distant memory for us. We have heat, heat, heat. I got dressed yesterday to go out for lunch since that is usually what we do on Friday but hubby said no way! He had a headache and didn't even want to venture out into the heat. Your drawings are always spectacular. After walking that very first day after I finished school, I tried to start art journaling but didn't like anything I was doing so scrapped them all. We will be heading out on a family vacation tomorrow so things will be quiet around here. Will be back on the 9th. Til then ... take care! Hugs and blessings, Tammy

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    1. Thanks, Tammy. I knew I had to photograph the leaf, the moment I spotted it. After experiencing a 10 year drought, I know all too well what you mean. However, it gets much hotter where you are. I get headaches from the heat too. If you feel inclined, don't give up on your art journaling too soon...you will get better at it for sure. Practise truly does make a difference. OH, how fun, going off for a family vacation. I'll look forward to hearing all about it when you get back. Don't forget the camera. xo

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  9. I missed the cut off this week. Just was one of those weeks, I guess. Hopefully I'll get something done for the next challenge. Fun that you will be doing APR, too!
    I love that water on the leaf!! What a spectacular shot! Your sketch is great, too. I hope you're feeling lots better. :):)

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    1. Thanks, Rita. I enjoyed this week's challenge at APR. If I hadn't joined, I probably would never have done that sketch so it's already motivating me. YAY!!

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  10. I hope your muse can be encouraged to lend you inspiration to do more artwork! :)

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    1. Thanks, Tori....I sure hope so too. xo

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  11. Lovely sketch Serena! I have been neglecting my art and journal too. I don't think it's a matter of procrastinating but more that there aren't enough hours in a day to do all the things I want to. I work full-time as well so my hours are but a few for all the creativity that is inside me.
    Love the photograph you took!

    Joy and peace to you,
    Namaste
    Monica :)

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    1. Thanks, Monica. Not enough hours in the day plays a part with my lack of art too, however, I do waste a lot of time trying to decide what to draw, then I end up not drawing at all. I'm impressed that you do all you do and hold down a full-time job. xo

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  12. Hi Serena, I am so glad that you will be sketching more. I always look forward to your work. You are so talented and so inspiring. I also love the leaf. Isn't fun to be able to capture something so special?

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    1. Thanks, Ginny....well, that's the plan anyways. lol Yes, it sure if fun to capture that special moment or subject on camera. The leaf is gone now but it's memory will always live on. :)

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  13. very nice shot of the leaf with the drops :D

    and your sketch is great, love the textures :D

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  14. i love your sketches and work with pen!

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    1. Thanks, Jenny....I love finding time to do them. :)

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  15. Oh wow! Those pics of the leaf are amazing!

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  16. Hi Serena. Good to see you. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things of blogland but now it's a little difficult because I've gotten used to not being online so much. I've managed to accomplish a lot. Love you sketch, just awesome. Your photo is just beautiful. How you caught those dew drops is beyond me. I could never do that. Really very nice Serena. I hope you are feeling well? I know you've been through a lot. Take care and see you soon. Thanks by the way, for stopping by my blog.

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    1. I know what you mean....it's hard to get back into the swing of things in Blogland after having breaks. Thanks for your positive comments, Gloria. I'm currently battling the dreaded flu so not feeling the best. I just can't seem to win a trick. lol xo

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  17. Such GORGEOUS capture of the raindrops, Serena! It's been a deluge here, and often has not been feeling very summer at all temperature-wise... Hoping summer will hit us yet, before snow returns... LOL! LOVELY sketch--such wonderful sense of texture you've rendered with the leaves... Be taking good care there. :o) ((HUGS))

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. I hope you get a break from the rain. xo

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  18. Such a beautiful leaf photo - the colour palette is amazing!

    Your Happy Plant has translated into a very happy sketch!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy...I was very happy with with the leaf photo. Glad you like the pen sketch of my Happy plant. :)

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  19. Oh wow such a beautiful photo thanks for sharing. What a beautiful sketch.

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  20. that photo of the leaf and raindrops is beautiful! And oh....your plant your drew - great job!!

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  21. LOVE your artwork, Serena. So inspiring!
    I have this on-off love affair with art... it will have to wait a while as I have building to paint. :)
    Have a great day,
    Zuzu

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